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If you have a family member in a nursing home, it's essential to have power of attorney (POA) documents in place, especially if the family member has Alzheimer's or dementia. If your loved one loses his or her ability to communicate about nursing home problems such as mistreatment or neglect, you must be prepared to step in on your loved one's behalf. Having power of attorney allows you to file a nursing home neglect lawsuit in court.
In the United States, the average lawsuit for nursing home abuse settles out of court for approximately $406,000, but a successful court trial can have even a higher payout.  When physical and emotional abuse happens, elderly patients suffer a variety of negative health conditions that lead to immobility and premature death.